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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: HarperTeen; Reprint edition (Jan. 2 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060519533
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060519537
  • Product Dimensions: 2.5 x 10.8 x 17.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 181 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars 12 customer reviews
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Grade 6-10–Moving when you're in high school is difficult enough, especially when your parents can't seem to hold their own lives together and your younger sister is being more obnoxious than usual. However, for 15-year-old Jessica Day, these concerns pale when bizarre things start to happen and she discovers that she now has unwanted magical powers. Part science fiction, part horror story, this novel is the first in a series about the midnighters, a select group of individuals whose birth at the stroke of midnight gives them the special ability to move about in a mysterious 25th hour. As Jessica takes her place among these extraordinary teens, she must battle the increasingly dangerous slithers and other darklings that have suddenly become more violent and aggressive. The story is exciting and the writing compelling. Gaps in the account will not bother readers, who will be totally absorbed by the paranormal elements as well as the intriguing characters, and who will be eagerly awaiting the next book.–Sharon Grover, Arlington County Department of Libraries, VA
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'Kept me reading way past midnight!' Garth Nix 'Fast-paced and spooky - a good read for the dark hours' Ursula K. Le Guin 'Intriguing and provocative. The sequels will be worth waiting for.' Locus --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.

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Format: Hardcover
Scott Westerfeld has done a marvelous job by mixing fantasy,mystery,science fiction and romance concisely. Such an exclusive and original story can only be created by a master-mind.
"Midnighters" as the title suggests is about group of 5 teenagers who roam Bixby, Oklahoma at the stroke of midnight for a WHOLE HOUR, which is the 25th hour exclusive to only them 5 while the entire Bixby is frozen stiffs. However,In this 25th hour, they are not alone! Darklings, ancient creatures whose mere existence goes back to the Stone Ages roam around freely, but they usually don't bother anyone;until Jessica Day moves to town. Apart from being a Midnighter,there is something special about Jessica that even the other four midnighters can not seem to wrap their minds around.
The darklings want her DEAD and they will surpass all boundaries to have her dead. Each Midnighter possesses a power (mindcasting,seer,polymath,flying) and then there is Jessica whose power is still unknown but interesting enough to send the scary and powerful darklings into a frenzy.
This book was like X-men with a whole new twist. Of course there was romance involved. No YA book is good without romance. Even though romance was not the central plot of this story, it was still dominant to give readers "awe" moments.
This books is very well-written with good character development. The POV of this book is very interesting because its told in a third-person, but in every chapter the narrator changes. This way you get a chance to get inside ALL midnighters heads and see the world from their vision. I loved how Scott did so flawlessly. At the end of each chapter, there is a symbol which belongs to each midnighter letting the reader know who was narrating a specific chapter.
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I greatly enjoyed reading The Midnighters: The Secret Hour by Scott Westerfeld, the first in the trilogy. It is a Young Adult novel, but is great for all ages and is built around very creative ideas. Everyone is sure to enjoy this YA fantasy that has suspense, some action, and some romance.

In Bixby, Oklahoma, there is a 25th hour that occurs at midnight. Everyone is frozen in their spots and technology stops working (ie. electricity, cars). Only the Midnighters are able to live through that hour, along side the creatures of the dark (darklings). Each Midnighter possesses their own special ability.

Jessica Day is new in town, recently having moved from Chicago. However, she is no ordinary newcomer, she is a Midnighter, but not a normal Midnighter either. With her arrival into town, the darklings start behaving abnormally in the secret hour.

What is Jessica's talent at midnight? Why are darklings behaving abnormally? Discover the secrets of Bixby and the rules of midnight.
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Format: Paperback
Humans that are born at the stroke of midnight have the ability to access the secret 25th hour of the day. Wouldn't you like the extra hour? I know I would.

The promise that out there is something more than what we see and feel is really interesting and will definitely be appealing to those who like sci-fi books.

This is my first sci-fi book so it was kind of hard to get into but once that was over and I got to know the characters I found myself trying to find ways for the characters to escape..... not saying! J

The truth is these series have really stuck with me and days after I read them I was thinking about them. It has enough science stuff for those of you that are interested to know how things happened, like me, and it was simple enough for those who don't want to have a headache from the entire information overflow.

The characters were really unique and each one of them had a different talent. They call themselves Midnighters since they are the only humans that live in the secret hour but not for long because something dark out there wants them. These creatures, called daklings, are the other things that live or better exist at the secret hour. They only live at the 25th hour and that's a relief because they are after Jessica. But she has the help of 4 other Midnighters, all with special talents.

The writing was in third person narrative which is my favourite. A plus! You will find yourself turning the pages fast and eager to see what happens next.
I only gave it 2 stars because it was hard for me to get into and because there wasn't the love story I wanted to see but let me tell you the next books are better. This is the kind of series that gets better as it goes. So read it and then go for the next one!
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I'm not usually into mystery or night books but this was a surprising exception. The only thing I thought about when I picked these books up was that the author was Scott Westerfeld and I've loved his previous titles. So I picked it up and it sat in my locker for about a week till I finally picked it up in a rush to find anything I could read. And it turned out pretty good and I can't wait for the next installment. The world Westerfeld created in Midnighters is eerie and for the anyone liking something to do with the supernatural will love this book.

Midnighters. At least that what they call themselves. Midnighters are the only ones who can move around in the blue hour, the secret time. When the clock strikes midnight everything in Bixby, Oklahoma freezes. At least all the daylighters freeze. The secret hour is inhabited by the dark forces, and of course the Midnighter. As the Midnighers fight for survival they uncover what is probably their biggest weapon in the fight for survival.
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